Because of my tender ministrations, the garden survived, but not without considerable carnage. The last of the eggplants got caterpillar infested and mouldy, but there's more flowers coming on so I expect more fruit in a couple of months.
All the lettuce died. Well, 99% did, there's a couple of hardy stragglers left. All the cucumber plants also expired, including the new seedlings. February sure is cruel..
|once was a cucumber vine|
|sweet little cherries|
The citrus trees, having survived curling leaf miner through my regular leaf pulling, have put on big growth spurts this month, but they have dropped their fruit buds. My one lonely lime is still growing though, am so looking forward to that Mojito!
The rhubarb and fennel seedlings have had mixed success. I always thought rhubarb was a pretty easy plant to grow when I lived over east. It was always the perennial down the back that seemed to thrive on neglect. But over here, you can't take anything for granted, and regular feeding and watering is the only way to get them through big heat waves. The fennel, on the other hand, has thrived, but I'm thinking that they aren't exactly producing big juicy bulbs. Perhaps this will happen as the weather cools down, whenever that will be...
The okra plants that I raised from seed are currently at 30% survival, with the most successful ones being well shaded by other nearby plants. My companion planting strategy is to dump in a whole lot of different plants in the same bed, and to spread them around amongst all the beds. This spreads the soil and pest issues around - they may do better in one spot than another. And hey, I'm just a bit erratic when it comes to gardening OK?
|a little okra plant heading for greatness|
|this little chap has been staring down the barrel of some pretty heavy duty camera lenses lately|
|this little butternut won't be making it folks!|
|Fire breathing dragon in the garden overnight|
|teeny weeny watermelon|
Or friggin' figgy!